Tuesday 20 February 2018

Girl who beat cancer gets transition year place

Chloe Boyle
Chloe Boyle
Chloe Boyle with her mum, Tricia

Elaine Keogh

A teenage girl who has celebrated one year cancer-free will attend a new school after being left upset at not securing a transition year space in her old school.

Chloe Boyle (15) will do her transition year at Gormanston College, in Co Meath, a short drive from her home in Drogheda, Co Louth. Last month Chloe (pictured) and her mother highlighted their disappointment as the teenager wasn't selected for one of 48 places in transition year at the Sacred Heart school in Drogheda, where she has spent the past three years and where she sat her Junior Certificate in June.

"We are delighted and have accepted a place on transition year at Gormanston College. I contacted the school and they invited us down and they were very nice," said her mother, Tricia.

"The staff could not do enough. They said they had a transition year programme and had no problem adding Chloe."

Chloe was diagnosed in August 2012 with bone cancer behind her right knee. She had chemotherapy before undergoing major surgery to remove the tumour and the infected bone.

She has been cancer-free since July 2013. However, she missed a lot of second year and she wanted to do transition year as it would allow her time to catch up academically and follow her dream of becoming a physiotherapist.

Irish Independent

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